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This Year, Colour Your Easter Eggs Naturally!

I'm on vacation! We're celebrating Easter all the way over in Vancouver with my family, but I didn't want to abandon the blog unnecessarily, so here I am! It's a change from our usual topics, but I think you'll enjoy it. In keeping with our 100% Natural philosophy, and of course because it's Easter, here's a quick tutorial on how to use natural ingredients to dye your Easter eggs. These are all tried and tested and approved, however natural ingredients can have a mind of their own so don't be surprised if you don't get the exact same results as I did (maybe your beets will actually dye your eggs pink). Have fun!


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Your kitchen is full of natural dyes. Common food items such as red cabbage, onion skins, and coffee can be used to transform plain white eggs into colorful Easter gems. Kids will especially love discovering all the different colors they can create – let them experiment using hard-boiled eggs and bowls of cold dyes.



Homemade Easter-Egg Dye Recipes

Select a dyeing agent, and place it in a pot using the amount listed below. Add 500 mL of water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to the pot; if more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl. For best results, wash eggs with soap and water before dyeing.

  • Red-cabbage dye: 2 cups, chopped

  • Turmeric dye: 2 tablespoons

  • Onion-skin dye: 2 cups (skins of 6 onions)

  • Beet dye: 2 cups, chopped

  • Coffee dye: 500 mL strong black coffee (instead of water)


Color Glossary

Natural dyes can sometimes produce unexpected results, so don't be surprised if, for example, your red-cabbage dye yields blue eggs. Use the following guide to help you achieve the colors you desire. Please note: the first three colours need raw eggs and boiling dye, and so are not safe to do around children.

  • Bright Yellow: Boil raw eggs in turmeric dye, 30 minutes.

  • Sienna: Boil raw eggs in onion-skin dye, 30 minutes.

  • Dark Brown: Boil raw eggs in coffee dye, 30 minutes.

  • Pale Yellow: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature turmeric dye, 30 minutes.

  • Orange: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature onion-skin dye, 30 minutes.

  • Light Brown: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature coffee dye, 30 minutes.

  • Pale Pink: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature beet dye, 30 minutes.

  • Sky Blue: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature red-cabbage dye, 30 minutes.

  • Royal Blue: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature red-cabbage dye, overnight.

  • Lavender: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature beet dye, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature red-cabbage dye, soak 30 seconds.

  • Light Green: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature turmeric dye, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature red-cabbage dye, soak 5 seconds.

  • Dark Gold: Soak hard-boiled eggs in room-temperature turmeric dye, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature onion-skin dye, soak 30 minutes.



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